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Pentax K-m

alaTest has collected and analyzed 131 reviews of Pentax K-m. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviewers really like the lens and performance. The price and portability also get good comments, whereas the video and low light performance get negative comments. There are some mixed opinions about the shutter and viewfinder.

usability, portability, price, performance, lens

sensor, low-light, video

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax K-m is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Pentax K-m


alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 user reviews of Pentax K-m from The average user rating for this product is 4.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Reviewers really like the price and size. The lens and portability are also appreciated.

usability, portability, lens, size, price

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2020

Consumer review ( review summary for Pentax K-m


alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of Pentax K-m from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Reviewers are impressed by the design and performance. The price and portability are also appreciated. Many are less positive about the size, while comments about the lens and image quality are different.

usability, portability, price, performance, design


100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2020


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Pentax K-m


The fastest-growing part of the camera market is currently being powered by photographers moving from compact cameras to DSLRs. Unfortunately for manufacturers, the added competition this has attracted has seen the prices they can charge being eroded...

Easy-to-use on-screen control panel, Compact size with good build-quality, Good high-ISO performance, Plenty of features for the first-time user (Auto Pict mode/Help button), Efficient image stabilization, Reliable flash exposure, Wireless flash, Good...

Default JPEGs too contrasty and poorly sharpened, JPEG engine not making the most out the camera's RAW data (regardless of settings), Unsophisticated, uninformative AF system with no indication of chosen point in viewfinder, No orientation sensor (get...

The entry-level DSLR sector has become argue ably the hardest-fought camera sector over the past year.

Jan, 2009

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Pentax K-m


If you're a point-and-shoot or digital super zoom user, and you're ready to take the step up to an SLR, the Pentax K-m makes an excellent choice. Everything about the camera is aimed at the entry-level market, including the price. When compared to...

Large 10.2MP image sensor2.7 inch 230,000 dot LCD displayLarge, bright viewfinderIn-camera shake reduction systemNew intelligent auto mode

The Pentax K-m is a new full-featured, entry level 10.2MP digital SLR...

Feb, 2010

Highly Recommended!

Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (

Pentax K-m Review


The Pentax K-m is outwardly very similar to its big brother, the K200D, with a couple of significant changes. When you pick the K-m up for the first time and attach the supplied 18-55mm kit lens, this DSLR actually feels quite impressive, despite its...

The new Pentax K-m is another excellent addition to Pentax's DSLR range. Seamlessly slotting in below the K200D, it offers a simpler and more intuitive layout that will suit beginners better. The retro top LCD panel has been replaced with a more...

Dec, 2008

Expert review by : Digital Camera Review (

Pentax K2000 Review


The Pentax K2000 might just be the ideal digital SLR for 2009. If you're looking for a small, affordable, full-featured camera that is capable of producing fantastic images, then the K2000 seems like a good choice. Although other Pentax cameras like...

Small and light, Uses AA batteries, Excellent in-camera processing options, Good high-ISO performance in terms of detail versus noise, Improved user interface

Kit lens has plastic mount, Limited continuous shooting performance, No manual DOF preview or optional wired shutter release, External flash has no bounce or swivel head, AF speed and accuracy varied with lenses used during tests

Jan, 2009

Expert review by : Dennis Hissink (

Pentax K-m


Hoya Corporation Pentax Imaging Systems Division is announce the launch of the Pentax K-m digital SLR camera. Designed primarily for beginning digital SLR photographers, this new entry-class model offers simplified, user-friendly operation, and an...

Sep, 2008

Expert review by : Barrie Smith (

PENTAX K2000 (K-m) White DSLR Review


I believe Canon was the first to do it: use white to identify a photographic product, especially some of its lenses. Now Pentax takes it further and splashes white onto one of its DSLR models.

Picture quality: well-saturated colour, with excellent sharpness.

Expert review by : Campbell Simpson (

Pentax K-m


A simple digital SLR camera for beginners.

Onboard image stabilisation and dust removal

No rechargeable battery, average kit lens with noisy focus

The entry-level Pentax K-m digital SLR is built to a high standard, with features rivalling more expensive models from competitors. The bundled 18-55mm lens is nothing special, but overall the Pentax K-m is a great SLR for beginners.

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

Pentax K-m DSLR


DSLR photography has never been easier thanks to the latest entry-level model from Pentax.

May, 2011

Expert review by : Doug Harman (

Pentax K-m digital camera


Pentax's pared down DSLR, the K-m, is a DSLR for beginners; those trading up from a compact, say, but wanting a less complicated experience. And as such, it does - pretty much - exactly what it says on the tin. However, is that simplicity a step to...

Image quality, price, ergonomics and handling, simple menu system, simple operation info panel, custom setting

Limited flash modes, slow RAW writing, lightweight build, murky viewfinder, LCD lacks anti reflection coating, slight underexposure issues

Overall, in the final analysis, the Pentax K-m provides a reasonable balance between ease of use and DSLR flexibility. My major disappointment is in the lack of more advanced flash controls, which is something I feel is (usually) a reason to buy a DSLR.

Dec, 2008

Expert review by : Rod Lawton (

Pentax K-m review


Pentax is pitching its new SLR right at the bottom end of the market. Have corners have been cut?

Tough build ; Effective anti-shake system ; Great pictures

Poor quality kit lens

Pentax has produced another rugged, down to earth SLR with excellent dynamic range and tonal quality, a surprising degree of control over picture styles and a terrific built in anti-shake system. The only thing preventing the K-m from getting over 90%...

Dec, 2008

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